Manjiro, The Man Who Discovered America

by Hisakazu Kaneko

This is a story of Manjiro Nakahama alias John Mung, a fisherman's boy who was shipwrecked and rescued by the John Howland, a New Bedford whaling ship, from an un charted island in the Pacific in 1841 when, incidentally, Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, was sailing in another New Bedford whaling ship, the Acushnet, in the same waters. Under the fatherly care of the captain of the whaling ship, Manjiro was taken to America as the first Japanese to be educated and to live there, and later he managed to return to his native land, then pursuing a rigorous isolation policy which prohibited anyone from entering the country on pain of death. He became a "Voice in the wilderness" and helped open his countrymen's eyes to modern civilization, playing no small part in aiding his country's gradual evolution from feudalism to democracy. More than a century has elapsed since then, but the spirit of adventure and progress and the virtues of kindness and goodwill as exemplified in his life are alive today.

Review

required
required, not public

Allowed HTML tags:

<p>
<br>
<b>
<i>
<em>
<strong>
<ul>
<li>

excellent
Cover image for Manjiro, The Man Who Discovered America
(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Featured Books

Cover image for Review

Who Murdered Mr. Malone?

Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series Book 1
Hope Callaghan

Who Murdered Mr. Malone? Book 1 of the Garden G... Read more

Cover image for Review

Phantasia

Book One: Into the Rain
M.U. Riyadad

After finding the body of a dragon in a metalli... Read more

Cover image for Review

Fearsome

Fearsome Series Book 1
S.A. Wolfe

*This is a stand-alone book in the Fearsome Ser... Read more

Cover image for Review

Nano Contestant

Episode 1: Whatever It Takes
Leif Sterling

Fans of the Hunger Games and Sci-Fi Thrillers will... Read more

Cover image for Review

Anais of Brightshire

The Blood Mage Chronicles Book 1
Jamie Wilson

While rumors of monsters rising in the south bring... Read more

Cover image for Review

Sound of Sirens

Tales of Skylge #1
Jen Minkman

On the island of Skylge, electricity is only fo... Read more

(Promote your book here)